Mont-Blanc Vertical KM
If you’re American, you’re probably saying to yourself, “What is a vertical kilometer?” However, these races are quite popular in parts of Europe and they are making their way to the United States! Here are a few upcoming vertical KMs in the States:
La Maratona Verticale VK, Colorado (August 2)
Lone Peak VK, Montana (September 12)
Flagstaff Endurance Runs VK, Arizona (October 5)
Anyhow, yesterday was the World Championships. The course looks something like this:
Basically, the race is a distance of 3.8km – but it also goes up 1km… in other words, the average grade is over 26% (as you can tell by the map, most of it is much steeper).
Vertical KM Men’s Results
1. Kilian Jornet (Spain), 34:18
2. Bernard Dematteis (Italy), 34:36
3. Urban Zemmer (Italy), 34:37
4. Saul-Antonio Padua-Rodriguez (Colombia), 35:01
5. Toru Miyahara (Japan), 35:57
6. Thorbjorn-Thorsen Ludvigsen (Norway), 36:17
7. Travis Macy (USA), 36:29
8. Aritz Egea (Spain), 36:32
9. Alexy Sevennec-Verdier (France), 36:36
10. Pascal Egli (Switzerland), 36:53
Vertical KM Women’s Results
1. Laura Orgue-Vila (Spain), 41:29
2. Stevie Kremer (USA), 41:37
3. Christel Dewalle (France), 41:50
4. Antonella Confortola (Italy), 43:17
5. Maite Maiora-Elizondo (Spain), 43:31
6. Kasie Enman (USA), 43:52
7. Stephanie Jiminez (Italy), 43:55
8. Francesca Rossi (Italy), 45:13
9. Therese Sjursen (Norway), 45:15
10. Axelle Mollaret (France), 45:34
*** Full results are available here.
Western States 100
At 8am EST, Western States got started and the runners left Squaw Valley en route to Auburn.
If you look closely at the picture below, you can see Ryan Sandes checking out Rob Krar’s beard – how great is that?!
Check back tomorrow for results and analysis!!